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Stadium Series return to roots for wrestler Young

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Eric Young may be famous for his prowess in a wrestling ring, but long before he won the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling world heavyweight championship, he was a kid growing up in Canada with a passion for hockey.

"We played as much hockey as everything; that was the only thing to do," Young, who grew up in Florence, Ontario, told NHL.com. "You play road hockey in the summer, and when it gets cold enough and the river freezes and floods the field you play pond hockey."

Even though Young traded in his skates for wrestling boots, he said he still roots for his childhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. After moving to Nashville in 2004, he also became a Nashville Predators fan.

On Saturday, Young will be one of about 70,000 expected at Levi's Stadium for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series when the San Jose Sharks take on the Los Angeles Kings (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2).

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Meier emerging as star in second season with Halifax

Thursday, 02.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Timo Meier knew the importance of becoming a stronger and faster skater entering his second season with the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

He's had no other alternative but to perform at higher level ever since making his way from Switzerland to North America after being selected in the first round (No. 12) by the Mooseheads in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League import draft.

As a rookie in Halifax, he sometimes found himself alongside current Tampa Bay Lightning rookie and former Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin. This season he's become a regular with Nikolaj Ehlers, a 2014 first-round pick (No. 9) of the Winnipeg Jets.

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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Feb. 18

Thursday, 02.19.2015 / 2:20 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

LIGHTNING STRIKE DUCKS TO REACH TOP OF ATLANTIC DIVISION STANDINGS...

The Tampa Bay Lightning netted four consecutive goals in the second period in a 4-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks. Tampa Bay's first win in Anaheim since Jan. 9, 2009 improved its record to 36-18-6 (78 points) this season and allowed it to tie the Montreal Canadiens for first in Atlantic Division standings points. Montreal, however, holds two games in hand; Tampa Bay owns the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 34, MTL: 31).

* Tampa Bay has earned points in five of its last six road games (3-1-2).

* Anton Stralman (1-1-2) netted his fourth goal and added his 24th assist to post his seventh multi-point game of the season. Ondrej Palat (0-2-2) recorded his ninth multi-assist game of the season and extended his point streak to three games (1-3-4).

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Canadiens defenseman Emelin injured, did not return

Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 9:46 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin was injured against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday and did not return to the game.

Emelin was injured on the first shift of the game when he collided with Senators wing Mark Stone and fell into the boards in front of the Canadiens bench.

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Flyers sign Schultz to multiyear contract extension

Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 3:25 PM / News

PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

Nick Schultz
Defense - PHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 13
SOG: 54 | +/-: 6
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-1, 200-lb defenseman Nick Schultz to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Schultz, 32 (8/25/1982), has appeared in 55 games for the Flyers this season, recording two goals and 11 assists for 13 points. He has already recorded his highest point total in a season since 2010-11, when he had 17 points (3G, 14A). Schultz has also picked up 33 PIM this season and is a plus-6.

Schultz originally signed with the Flyers as a free agent on July 2, 2014. He previously spent time with Minnesota, Edmonton and Columbus. He split the 2013-14 season between the Oilers and Blue Jackets, posting five assists and 28 PIM in 69 total games.

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Crosby surprises Little Penguins by joining practice

Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 3:20 PM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby did not practice on Wednesday, at least not in the conventional sense.

Crosby, along with Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, forwards Nick Spaling and Zach Sill, and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, surprised 40 children involved with the Little Penguins by taking the ice during a unique practice that took place after the NHL players had their turn.

Crosby, the Penguins, Dick's Sporting Goods and Reebok fund the Little Penguins, a youth hockey program that provides free head-to-toe equipment to 1,000 young players each year.

The Penguins captain did not participate in Pittsburgh's Wednesday practice because of a maintenance day, Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, but decided to show for the kids.

"It's a great program," Crosby said. "Obviously, there are a lot of volunteers who help out, but it's nice to get a few players out here today and these kids were hopefully enjoying themselves, getting the opportunity to play, like all of us did, at the same age. So it was a nice little time here and hopefully they had fun."

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Jets' Perreault could miss rest of regular season

Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets could be without left wing Mathieu Perreault until the end of the regular season.

Jets coach Paul Maurice announced Wednesday that Perreault has a significant lower-body injury. The Jets placed Perreault on injured reserve and recalled forward Carl Klingberg from St. John's of the American Hockey League.

"We would be hopeful that [Perreault] would return before the end of the regular season," Maurice said, adding that if Perreault did return before the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it would not be much sooner.

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Celebration for the 2015 NHL Stadium Series at Levi's Stadium will begin at Spectator Plaza on game day

Pregame fan festival to offer attractions for ticketed fans of all ages

Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 12:30 PM / 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series - Kings vs. Sharks

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®), in conjunction with the city of Santa Clara, Calif., will celebrate the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ – the much anticipated regular-season outdoor game between the Los Angeles Kings® and San Jose Sharks® on Feb. 21 – with Spectator Plaza, a hockey-themed festival for ticketed fans located just outside of Levi's® Stadium on game day.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 21 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PT

WHERE: Levi's® Stadium, between Gates A and C

WHAT: A pre-game celebration of hockey with live musical performances; interactive, family friendly games and attractions; prizes and giveaways; food and beverages; retail tents with an extensive selection of officially licensed 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ merchandise and collectibles; and more. A 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game ticket is required for entry.

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Fantasy top 60 'D': Injury void of Ducks' Vatanen

Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 12:14 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen first tantalized fantasy owners last season when he averaged .44 points over 48 games as a rookie. He improved upon that this season by averaging .60 points over 57 games.

Unfortunately, he left during the first period of the Ducks' 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday with a lower-body injury that is expected to keep him out of action for 4-6 weeks.

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Blues recall defenseman Lindbohm from AHL

Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 11:17 AM / News

StLouisBlues.com

ST. LOUISSt. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled defenseman Petteri Lindbohm from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

Lindbohm, 21, has dressed 41 games for the Wolves this season, recording 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) to go along with 56 penalty minutes.

In addition, the 6-foot-5, 202-pound defenseman has appeared in nine games for the Blues, collecting one assist and six penalty minutes.

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